NY NY - Mitchel Weiser, 16, & Bonita Bickwit, 15, Narrowsburg, 27 July 1973

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  1. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    That size of jeans would also fit just about right if the uid had been recently pregnant, imo.
     
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    Good call. I definitely hadn't thought of that! Thanks
     
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    What if they did run away together to start a new life? In Google searching Mitch and Bonnie (click images), an older couple pops up. They are ministers at a church in Canada. This couple looks exactly like the NCMEC age progressions of the both of them.IF it is them, they changed their last names. Bonnie has a mole in the same place Bonnie Bickwit does. Mitch has very similar teeth and ears too!

    Somebody else want to check it out too?
     
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    Interesting, although would expect that the male would be wearing glasses.
    Wondered from time to time, if M&B might have got caught up with a cult popular at the time.
    speculation, imo.
    JEWS ACT TO STOP YOUNG FROM DEFECTING TO CULTS
     
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    Does anyone know whether Bonnie Bickwit has dentals available for comparison? Do we know whether she had dental care at all?
     
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    Following Up: I emailed this potential match to NJ State Police anthropologist assigned to work on this UID. I don't know exactly what NamUs's process is for informing the LE responsible for actually making the identification, but I just couldn't stand waiting and wondering anymore. I really hope this might be a match.
     
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    An anthropologist from NJ State Police responded almost immediately and said she "doesn't have any scientific data to make a proper comparison" but that "based on the biological profile of the remains, the ancestry is not the same, but that's not enough to make an exclusion." She said she will keep this MP on her radar with regard to the UID I suggested, but unless new biological data shows up, there's little she can do.

    I'm guessing there is no DNA for the UID, since the remains were found in 1980 and DNA technology wasn't available yet.
     
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    Both Bonnie and Mitch's dental records have been lost along with their original missing persons case file. They were the only copies.
     
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    How frustrating!! Thanks for the info, though.
     
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    Excellent lengthy article from 2002
    http://discovermagazine.com/2002/feb/featbodies
    Why We Want Their Bodies Back
    As humans have evolved, they've learned there are good reasons not to bury an empty coffin
    By Kristine Larsen, Robert Sapolsky|Friday, February 01, 2002

    "In the case of Bonnie and Mitch, my schoolmates and I realized years ago that they were never coming home. But because we never got the bodies back, there will always be a measure of uncertainty about what happened to them and about the man who finally made that phone call to the police. Allyn Smith was 24 at the time of the Watkins Glen rock festival. On the way home he hitched a ride in a Volkswagen bus. There was a scrawny young couple riding in the back, also hitching from the festival. Smith and the driver smoked a joint. It was a hot day and there was a river nearby. They stopped, planning to cool off in the water. As Smith crouched to take off his shoes, wondering at the wisdom of going in the rough water, he heard a shout. He turned to see that the girl was in the river. The boy—her companion—leaped in to try to save her. Then they were both swept away, down the rapids, still very much alive.

    That is the story Smith told the police. No names were exchanged in the van, but he overheard the two talking about a summer camp where the girl had worked and recalled identifying details about her clothes. It would appear that the couple had been Bonnie and Mitch. Smith is now cooperating with the police, trying to identify the stretch of river where he says they disappeared. "I felt he was credible," says Roy Streever, the investigating detective with the New York State police. Nonetheless, something didn't happen that day. Smith, an athletic Navy vet, didn't try to rescue Bonnie and Mitch. Nor did the driver of the bus. Eventually they drove off. At the next exit, Smith got out and headed in another direction. The driver said he'd make an anonymous phone call to the police from a gas station and report that the two kids had been swept down the river. Police have no record that a call was made.

    The parents of Bonnie and Mitch had to cope not only with the loss of their children but also with a burden of horrible uncertainty. One father and one stepfather went to their graves never knowing what had happened. The rest of us finally got the answer to the mystery that plagued us for decades.

    Once we were kids who believed enough in our immortality that we would hitch rides with strangers. Now we flaunt the same irrationality by cheating on our low-cholesterol diets. Once we had not yet learned that life brings tragedies beyond control. Now we wonder how we can spare our own children from that knowledge. Once we lost two friends and could only imagine florid, violent sins of commission. Now, instead, we have a doughy, middle-aged lesson about the toxic consequences of quiet sins of omission and indifference.

    Sometimes, when you get the body back, or at least find out the whole story, you learn something critical about the nature of the living and of those who knew all along what happened."
     
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    I really struggle to believe that guy's story. But I guess at this point, it's the only real explanation these families have. And with no dentals to work from, LE will be hard pressed to try to match these poor young souls to any unidentified remains. This makes me so sad.
     
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